WallpaperDownloader: Automate Your Wallpaper Management in Linux

One of the main reasons why I use Linux on my computers is customizability. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Having an imagination for your desktop and realizing it, well, I’m pretty sure no other OS will beat Linux here. On other operating systems too, there are tools which are capable of altering the desktop to some extent, but they are nothing compared to Linux tools.

To begin with, there is a wide variety of desktop environments you can use on your Linux desktop. And if you are not completely satisfied with any of them, you can go ahead and use extensions for fine-tuning. And how can we forget about wallpapers when we are talking desktop customization?

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WallpaperDownloader is a nifty application by Eloy García Almadén which has got you covered as far as wallpapers are concerned. WallpaperDownloader is a Java-based application which not only downloads wallpapers but is also a full-fledged wallpaper manager.

It is simple to use. It has got every functionality of a wallpaper manager. Right from downloading, storing, changing to space management. It works on Mate, GNOME Shell, Unity, XFCE and KDE Plasma (5.0 and above).

Basically, all you have to do is fill in your screen resolution, select the wallpaper providers and enter the keywords for wallpapers and rest is taken care of by WallpaperDownloader. Images are downloaded and changed automatically at your specified time interval.

You can also customize the time interval for the wallpapers to change.

I input “Game of Thrones” as keywords and it was definitely impressive. BTW did you check out the Game of Thrones parody by SUSE Linux? A major Linux distro got dissed. So check it out. It’s war.

Nuff said. The installation instructions of WallpaperDownloader for different distros are given below.

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Arch Linux/ Manjaro/ Antergos:

Run the below command in the terminal

yaourt wallpaperdownloader

Ubuntu/ Linux Mint/ Elementary OS and other derivatives:

Run the below commands in the terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eloy-garcia-pca/wallpaperdownloader
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install wallpaperdownloader

Launch WallpaperDownloader from the Dash or the menu. And put in the parameters. Just be sure not to close the application but click on the ‘minimize’ button. That’s it. Give it a minute or two to see the changes.

Wrapping up

WallpaperDownloader is the best wallpaper tool for Linux. And it is a must-have in your arsenal if you’re serious about desktop appearance customization. Do give it a try. Use the comments below and let us know what applications and extensions you use to make your desktop more aesthetic. We’d love to hear. Don’t forget to share this article. Cheers.


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